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Bureau of Fire Standards and Training

Online Training Programs

Online Course Approval Process

The Division of the State Fire Marshal (Division) has established a THREE STEP process for the review and approval of online or blended delivery courses that lead to a Florida Fire Service Certification.

The FIRST STEP is to view the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training (BFST) Online/Blended Course Evaluation Guidelines document which is intended to help instructors create and facilitate well-designed online/blended courses. The Guidelines outline specific features of online/blended courses and recommend ways to design, deliver, and improve courses. The Guidelines also identify the key features of courses and gives suggestions on how to implement each one in a course. Not all Guidelines will apply in every course. 

View the Online/Blended Course Evaluation Guidelines


The SECOND STEP is to perform a "self-review" to see how your course matches up to the BFST Guidelines. Spending a little extra time on this very important step will help ensure that the approval process moves along smoothly!


The THIRD STEP is to submit a Request to Offer Courses in Online/Blended Format Worksheet. You must submit a separate worksheet for each course your submit for approval.

View the Worksheet in MSWord Format

View the Worksheet in PDF Format

Additional information regarding the approval process can be found on the worksheet.


Listing of Approved Online Courses/Training Providers:

The following links identify online courses in programs of study leading to a Florida Fire Certification that have been approved by the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training.


1. Providers offering BFST Approved Distance Learning Courses


2. College/Universities offering BFST Approved Distance Learning Courses